A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual love and grace—a way in which we can use our human senses to realize God’s divine love. Sacraments also remind us of the holiness of the ordinary, simple elements of our lives—bread, juice, water. At Trinitarian Congregational Church, along with our covenantal partner the United Church of Christ, and in accordance with the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we celebrate two sacraments: baptism and communion (the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, or the Eucharist,).
What is baptism? The Sacrament of Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Christian baptism is that ritual by which persons become part of the Universal Church. It symbolizes the death of the old self and birth of a new self in Christ. Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of a person’s acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s forgiveness, and beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.
The model for our baptisms is taken from Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River. The gospel accounts tell the story of the heavens opening up and God’s voice is heard, saying, “You are my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased.” In baptism, we name God’s love for each of us.
In the sacrament of baptism, we recognize a covenant between God, the community, and the one being baptized. Because of the central role of the community of faith, we celebrate baptisms during our worship services and welcome the newly baptized as members of our church family. To help us build a relationship with yourself and your family we ask that you attend worship four times before we schedule a baptism. We baptize people at any age. When a child is baptized, the family makes promises on the child’s behalf, and we all bear witness to the grace of God that comes to us before we can even ask. When an adult is baptized, he/she makes promises themselves, and we all bear witness to faithful living in response to God’s love.
If you would like to speak with the pastor about baptism for yourself or your child, please call Rev. Hinckley at 508-285-4710.
When we celebrate communion, we remember the last supper Christ shared with his disciples, as well as his life, death, and resurrection. We also make a bold statement about our belief in the future, in a time when God’s realm of love and justice for all will be established here on earth. Communion unites past, present, and future, bringing together faithful people in every time and place to be nourished by grace and made new by God’s love.
We believe in a radical inclusiveness where all are invited to share at the table. Following the example of Jesus, we welcome everyone—young and old, rich and poor, the lost and the found, believers and doubters. In keeping with our belief that all are welcome, the elements we share in communion include bread, grape juice.
We celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month.